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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Your ticket to private gardens

Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment.

Silent auction

Vacation in Jamaica, see a music or dance concert, get a much-needed massage or fly high in a hot air balloon —just a few of the many items up for bid in the BAX Spring Silent Auction, June 1-9. Comment.

Roll ‘em, ladies

The Jewish Women’s Film Festival (JWFF) is calling for films. The films should focus on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Comment.

Park Slope author revisits John Brown’s legacy

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment.

Nothing’s more surprising than the truth: Brooklyn Noir returns

In 1977, during the “summer of Sam,” a younger Tim McLoughlin was going to school part-time and driving for the neighborhood car service in Bay Ridge where he lived. Comment.

Fort Greene fab

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment.

Cross-cultural connections

Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday explores cross-cultural connections on June 7. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. Thos month’s event features a rich cultural mix that melds traditional and modern influences from Bali, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, and America. Comment.

40 authors and you to talk about books, storytelling and all things literary

More than 40 authors will gather in southern Queens on the Rockaway peninsula, June 8, to participate in a series of panel discussions about books and writing. An evening film festival, presented on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, will round out the event. Comment.

Your own hit parade: Brooklyn Music Wide Open

Connection Works presents “Brooklyn Music Wide Open,” an ongoing series of music presentations, workshops, and performances, June 7. Comment.

This one’s all about American music

The Spring Concert of The Brooklyn Community Chorus celebrates the breadth of American music, June 7 at 7 p.m. Comment.

Stravinsky, plus

The final concert in the 2007-2008 Music at Ascension season will be held June 7 at 4 p.m. presented by The Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mani, the series’ resident ensemble, will perform works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Britt. Comment.

Provocative female Jewish artists

As the Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years-old, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan is bringing the next exciting thing out of the borough and into Manhattan. Comment.

META at Revival Reggae

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the African reggae group META and the Cornerstones, June 8. Led by lead singer Meta Dia, this afro-fusion reggae band is quickly taking the world by storm with their infusion of rock, hip hop, soul and African rhythms. Comment.

Labor’s unsung heroines

The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents “We Were There,” the untold story of women in the American labor movement, June 13 at 8 p.m. Comment.

Jazz from here all the way to Europe

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment.

Earth Stomping Dance Traditions to make you sit up and take notice

Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program presents Folk Feet Circle ’Round Brooklyn 3, a free afternoon of traditional dance workshops and performances from 3-5 p.m., June 8 in Fort Greene Park. Comment.

Coney Island keeps inspiring

Gallery 364, “Bay Ridge’s First Art Gallery,” presents its June 2008 Art Competition, entitled “Coney Island.” Artists are invited to submit their works within the prescribed guidelines, using “Coney Island” as their guiding theme. Comment.

Afro-Caribbean benefit concert

Brooklyn-based non-profit organization Transdiaspora Network, Inc. (TDN) celebrates its official launch with an Afro-Caribbean benefit concert at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.. The benefit features a free raffle and a performance by Cuban-born jazz legend and newest TDN board member Yosvany Terry. Comment.

Acoustic sounds

Famed Red Hook Brooklyn bakery “baked” hosts an acoustic music series produced by fellow “Red Hookers” Beautiful Day Media. The performances will run through the summer. Comment.

You know, Back in the Day

The Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 226, presents “Brooklyn Back in the Day,” an exhibition of documentary photographs by six photographers whose careers began and first flourished in Brooklyn. The show runs through June 15. Comment.

Time’s running out on ‘The Masters of Japanese Print’

The exhibit “Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900,” is running at the Brooklyn Museum through June 15. It will feature over 90 hand-cut woodblock prints, primarily from the famed Utagawa School of Japanese printmaking. Comment.

Players bring you Kit & Little and a lot of ‘Hope’

The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater and Manhattan’s Engine37 Theater Company co-produce two new full-length plays to perform in repertory, June 6-21. Comment.

Kingdom come for animals

Brooklyn’s Micro Museum presents “2008 BIG Ideas with Animals In Your Kingdom,” 12-7 p.m., now to July 19 with an opening party June 7 from 8-11 p.m. with gifts, drinks, snacks and live music at 9 p.m. Comment.

For really sensational art check out...the library

Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Comment.

Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk coming

The 2008 Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk celebrates its fifth anniversary by showcasing more than 200 artists in an interactive and participatory celebration of art along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, June 7-8 from 1-6 p.m. each day. Comment.

Curators on the cutting edge: My Little/Membrane at NUTUREart

In a first for Williamsburg’s NUTUREart gallery, two curators will be curating the same show, My Little/ Membrane, opening at the gallery’s Grand Street location on May 9. Comment.

Cancer fighter unleashes a torrent of provocative new art

After two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation proved ineffective, Brooklyn artist Cordula Volkening tried NovoCure, an experimental treatment that attacks her brain tumor with electrical currents. Comment.

Bushwick buckles down for exciting Open Studios tour

Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment.

BAC explores ‘The Line That Connects You to Me’

BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Gallery announces “The Line That Connects You To Me,” a group exhibition curated by Dana Gentile featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media work by Brooklyn-based artists that opens with a reception June 5 from 6-8 p.m. (with free beer) during the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk. Comment.

Artists coalition puts out the welcome mat for you

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) hosts its ever-popular Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour, June 7-8. This self-guided tour is an annual BWAC event which offers the public the unique opportunity to meet artists on an intimate level and view their original works firsthand. Comment.

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